NRHA to provide assistance to Norfolk residents struggling to pay bills due to COVID-19

Applications now being accepted for assistance
Posted at 12:05 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 12:05:08-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is providing assistance to residents experiencing loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the COVID-19 Housing Costs Relief Program, residents who are struggling to pay their rent, mortgage or utilities, will be provided assistance.

"Many residents beyond those we serve through public housing are in trouble right now due to income loss,” said NRHA Executive Director Ron Jackson. “We want to help as best as we can by providing housing counseling and emergency assistance.”

The City of Norfolk has given NRHA $2 million to provide up to six months of rent or mortgage or utility costs assistance, in addition to post-purchase or rental and loss mitigation housing counseling.

Qualifying residents must be Norfolk renters or homeowners not currently receiving a monthly rent or homeownership subsidy, such as through low-income public housing or through NRHA’s Housing Choice Voucher program.

Residents must be able to provide documentation of proof of loss of income due to their place of employment shutting down or being required to close to the public, of a reduction in wages and/or hours worked, or of having to stay home without pay to care for children in the household due to day care or school closure.

Applicants must have filed a 2019 federal tax return in which the gross adjusted income does not exceed $99,000 for an individual tax return or $198,000 for a joint tax return.

Applications are currently being accepted until September 13 online.